Alinta Energy recognised for support of RFDS

19/05/2015
Power generator and energy retailer, Alinta Energy, has been recognised for its significant support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Central Operations with the unveiling of an Alinta Energy badged RFDS aircraft in Port Augusta today.

The newly badged ‘flying intensive care unit’ (VH-FVE – Foxtrot-Victor-Echo) is one of 11 medically-equipped Pilatus PC-12 aircraft owned and operated by RFDS Central Operations across its Adelaide, Port Augusta and Alice Springs Bases. It is one of 64 RFDS aircraft located throughout Australia.
Since its introduction to the RFDS fleet in 2011, VH-FVE alone has evacuated and transferred more than 3,800 patients from 130 regional and rural locations throughout South and Central Australia, including numerous evacuations from the surrounding townships of Port Augusta and Leigh Creek where Alinta Energy has major operations.

Alinta Energy RFDS Aircraft

Recognising the essential service the RFDS provides to regional communities, Alinta Energy entered into a national sponsorship with RFDS in 2013; building upon its longstanding decade of support of RFDS in South Australia.

“The significance of Alinta Energy’s support is that it reaches far and wide – and delivers lasting benefits to regional and remote communities,” said John Lynch, CEO of RFDS Central Operations.

“The RFDS conducts, on average, 15 aeromedical evacuations in South Australia alone every day,” Mr Lynch said.

“Alinta Energy’s contributions have directly supported our capital-raising program for on-going upgrades of our fleet of medically-equipped aircraft that deliver emergency aeromedical and primary health care services throughout South and Central Australia,” Mr Lynch said.

Speaking at the unveiling, Jeff Dimery, CEO of Alinta Energy, said the company was enormously proud of its long-time association and commitment to the RFDS.

“Alinta Energy has a long history of supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service through a decade of sponsorship of the RFDS’ signature ‘outback’ fundraising event in the Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Under the Stars,” Mr Dimery said.

Alinta Energy RFDS Aircraft Unveiling

“With more than half our people living and working in regional communities, RFDS underpins the health and well-being of our workforce – and their families – not just in the communities where we operate, but for all South Australians.

“Partnering nationally with RFDS in 2013 reaffirmed Alinta Energy’s ongoing support for this vital service, ensuring emergency aeromedical and essential primary health care is available to all remote, rural and regional Australian communities,” he said.

Mr Lynch said demand for RFDS’ aeromedical services was not only for ‘traditional’ emergency evacuations from rural and remote areas, but also reflected the growth in the number of patients being transferred between regional and metropolitan hospitals to enable specialist treatment or life-saving surgery.

Over the years to come, VH-FVE will continue to assist members of the community, delivering services ranging from the:
  • emergency evacuation of the injured or critically ill;
  • aeromedical transfer of patients interstate for live-saving surgery such as organ transplant and heart surgery on newborn babies;
  • delivery of essential primary health care such as GP consultations and immunisation of children during ‘fly-in’ clinics to remote communities; and
  • transfer of patients from regional and bush hospitals to major hospitals in Adelaide for higher levels and/or specialist care.
“The RFDS remains dependant on the support of the community, at all levels, to assist with funding of its capital projects such as new aircraft, medical equipment and operational facilities,” Mr Lynch added.

EDITOR’S NOTE: high resolution images of aircraft unveiling available upon request.

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